New School Students Lead Occupation for Democratic, Accessible and Socially Responsible Education

Students in the Radical Student Union at New School University in NYC Occupied the Cafeteria of the Albert List Academic Center Yesterday and remain barricaded inside the building at 65 5th Avenue.

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The RSU, which is comprised of Students for a Democratic Society and Student Environmental Action Coalition has a site, keep checking it for updates!  – http://www.newschoolinexile.com/

You can also, of course, join the Facebook group

Recently the occupying students released more immediate demands for tonight.  Below is their communique which includes both long term and immediate demands.  Police have arrested multiple students but the occupation continues!   Of particular note is that the unionized cafeteria workers are honoring the occupation and refusing to cross the barricades.

We, the students of The New School, demand:

1. Amnesty for all participants in this student movement, including Elliot Liu. Staff and security guards affected by this protest shall receive appropriate compensation and no repercussions for dutiful fulfillment of their jobs;

2. That students may use the GF building at 65 Fifth Avenue until a suitable replacement is secured, that all capital improvements at the university shall be suspended and these funds shall be redirected toward (a) an autonomous student space where we can study and engage in group work, (b) scholarships and tuition, (c) a respectable library, that students will be included in the decision-making process in order to establish a viable plan for a student space;

3. That all investments and finances shall be fully disclosed so as to permit complete transparency and intelligibility of the creation of a Socially Responsible Investment committee;

4. That an equitable and authoritative tripartite committee including faculty, staff, and students to select an interim provost as well as a permanent replacement for provost, and a new president and vice president, for which there will be no presidential veto for this committee’s decision;

5. That there be regularly appointed a student as voting member on board of trustees; and

6. That President Bob Kerrey, Executive Vice President Jim Murtha, and Treasurer Robert Millard be removed from their present positions at the University.

We ask that these demands are binding, and that they be met in writing, on New School University letterhead, signed by President Kerrey or members of the Board of Trustees, BEFORE we leave this building, and that they be presented to students in the second week of spring semester.

We demand further that:

1. Demands 1 and 2 be approved immediately in writing;
2. Demand 3 be enacted in a succinct and clear presentation at a school-wide student assembly during the second week of the spring semester – and that the student body be notified of this next week;
3. Demand 4 be initiated by next week, and that we be notified of this in writing;
4. Demand 5 be finalized at the next board meeting; and
5. Demand 6 be met by the beginning of next school year.

Keep checking the following for continued updates:

http://www.newschoolexile.com

http://www.newsds.org

http://www.forstudentpower.org

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One Response to “New School Students Lead Occupation for Democratic, Accessible and Socially Responsible Education”

  1. Rob L'Anarchico Says:

    “It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel [great].”

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